Category: Artificial Nutrition

Articles deal with artificial nutrition, often via a surgically implanted tube or through a temporary nasogastric tube, when someone is terminal.

Understanding the Role of IV Fluids at the End of Life

Nurse Setting Up Iv Fluids
Losing a loved one to a terminal illness is an incredibly difficult experience. As a hospice nurse with years of experience, I understand the challenges families face during this time. One aspect that often arises is the use of intravenous (IV) fluids in the final stages of life. It's important for families to be aware that IV fluids may not always be the best choice for their loved one's comfort and well-being.
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Tube Feeding on Hospice — Increased Risk of Your Loved One Suffering

When a loved one is terminally ill, one of the most difficult decisions that families face is whether to use tube feeding or not. Tube feeding is a medical intervention that delivers liquid nutrition and hydration through a tube inserted into the stomach or intestine. While some people may think that tube feeding can prolong life or prevent starvation, the reality is that it may not offer any benefits for hospice patients. In fact, tube feeding can pose several risks that can negatively affect the patient’s comfort, dignity, and quality of life. In this article, I will share some of the risks of tube feeding for hospice patients, based on my experience as a hospice nurse.
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